View Full Version : Coconut oil for acne--stopped working?
11-08-2009, 06:52 PM
Hey everyone. I've read lots of the threads concerning coconut oil and the wonders it works for acne, and a few weeks ago, I started applying it at night before bed (after washing with a natural cleanser) and sleeping in it, like a mask. For a week and a half or so, my skin was SO clear, clearer than it had been in months, and barely oily at all. But then I got one breakout...then another...and now my skin is horrible. I stopped using the coconut oil thinking that perhaps it was clogging my pores. Has anyone else had this problem? :confused:
11-08-2009, 07:24 PM
I went through this almost the same way. I started using less CO & not every day. I think it was too heavy for my face. I use it every other day now & wash with very warm water in the am to get it off.
11-08-2009, 08:19 PM
I just posted on your other thread as well.
I find it's really useful to track when breakouts happen. Over time I have realized that my skin is AMAZING and almost perfect during the summer, but then gets worse and worse over the winter. I attribute it to the air quality (dry, we use wood heat) and the lack of sunshine. I do take comfort in the fact that my skin sucks during the winter, but it'll improve again in the summer so I have that to look forward to. Before I figured this out I felt hopeless, but now it doesn't bother me quite as much b/c I have summer to look forward to.
I find it's hard to tell if something is working or not right away in terms of breakouts because there are so many factors: hormones, sunlight, stress, etc.
I would try to trust your instinct, but also try to keep track of when your worst breakouts happen.
I haven't tried coconut oil myself so can't comment on that specifically. Good luck and keep your head up. :)
11-08-2009, 08:45 PM
Maybe avoid applying it on areas of your face where you break out the most. Coconut oil is the only moisturizer I use. My acne cleared after I started washing my face with Dr. Wood's Shea Vision liquid black soap.
11-10-2009, 02:58 PM
Margoss, did your acne get better with less heavy use of the coconut oil? I've regressed back to using my topical medication from the derm. I really don't want to, but I went off it for a month or so and my skin was just terrible.
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